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Tom Hanks to star in David S. Pumpkins animated SNL special


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The return of David S. Pumpkins is nigh.

NBC has announced a Halloween-themed animated special starring Tom Hanks’ pumpkin-suit-wearing mystery man from Saturday Night Live. Hanks and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage are both lending their voices to the half-hour special, which will air Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Here’s the official synopsis from NBC: “Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way.”

Hanks made his debut as the inimitable Mr. Pumpkins when he last hosted SNL in October 2016. (The episode earned Hanks an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.) The character later popped up in the show’s season finale as the rapping David S. Pimpkins.

Mikey Day, Streeter Seidell, and Bobby Moynihan wrote the initial sketch, and all three will have voiceover roles in the animated special as well. (Day and Moynihan played Pumpkins’ mysterious dancing skeleton sidekicks in the original sketch.)

Earlier this month, Hanks teased on Twitter that he was working on something Pumpkins-related, sharing a script page of something called “The David S. Pumpkins Song.”

The new season of SNL will premiere Sept. 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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